Other Events & Dates
January through February 2018


January 17, 2018 ( Wednesday )

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schwartz Rounds

Title: "You have to do it just like this!": Caring for a dying man with obsessive-compulsive behaviors

Presented by Erin Denney-Koelsch MD, FAAHPM

Lunch Provided

Location:  Whipple Auditorium

Posted by:  Gina Caquias, Palliative Care, 12-Jan-18 9:50am ET


January 18, 2018 ( Thursday )

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Meeting

Melanie Preston, Ph.D.Scientific Instructional Designer, Promega; Madison, WI

"Tales from the Other Side: My Experience Working in Industry"

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Lower Adolph Aud 1-7619

Location:  Adolph 1-7619

Posted by:  Stephanie Scoville, Biochem & Biophys, 14-Nov-17 11:06am ET


4:15pm - 6:00pm
RNA Structure and Function Cluster Meeting

1st Presenter: Dr. Yi-Tao Yu

2nd Presenter: Dr. Ben Miller

Location:  K207 (2-6408)

Posted by:  Stephanie Scoville, Biochem & Biophys, 26-Sep-17 12:16pm ET


January 22, 2018 ( Monday )

10:00am - 2:00pm
10th Annual Lung Research & Trainee Day

*Poster session 10a-12p

*Guest Speaker 12p-1p - Dr. Rama K. Mallampalli will present "New pathways of inflammatory lung injury leading to small molecule discovery." *Lunch will be provided

*Career Development Round Table 2p-3p

Location:  Flaum Atrium & Class of '62 Auditorium

Posted by:  Elizabeth Williams-Velasquez, Medicine, 11-Dec-17 2:42pm ET


4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chemistry Physical Seminar: Professor Ziad Ganim, “Development of Single Molecule Absorption Spectroscopy using Optical Tweezers Force Detection”



Measuring absorption spectra of single molecules presents a fundamental challenge for standard transmission-based instruments because of the inherently low signal relative to the large background of the excitation source. Since most biomolecules are not natively fluorescent, single molecule absorption spectroscopy would provide a powerful tool to study a biochemical reactions by observing real-time changes in the infrared absorption spectrum. Our group has recently demonstrate a new approach for performing absorption spectroscopy in solution using optical tweezers to read out photoexcitation at the nanoscale. We have found that optically trapped gold nano shells provide a force probe capable of measuring the femtoNewton force changes necessary to measure nanoscale absorption spectra over the 400-800nm range. This proof-of-concept measurement sets up a new paradigm for performing absorption spectroscopy in solution and paves the way towards realizing universal single molecule absorption spectroscopies that operate under ambient chemical conditions.

Location:  Hutchison Hall 473 (RC)

Posted by:  Evelyn Sucy-Caffery, Chemistry, 28-Dec-17 10:47am ET


January 25, 2018 ( Thursday )

11:00am - 12:00pm
EHSC Seminar Series: Prof Russ Hauser,Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School

Professor Russ Hauser (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health/Harvard Medical School) will present a seminar on January 25, 2018 entitled Novel Designs for Human Studies in Environmental Health Research: Relevance to Endocrine Disruptors; in the EHSC conference room (4-8820) starting at 11 am.

Location:  EHSC Conference Room (Med Ctr 4-8820)

Posted by:  Judy Havalack, Environmental Medicine, 28-Nov-17 12:33pm ET


January 29, 2018 ( Monday )

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chemistry Physical Seminar: Dr. Stephen K. Doorn, “Photophysics and Quantum Emission Behavior of Carbon Nanotube Defect States”

Abstract: Red-shifted emitting states in carbon nanotubes, introduced by chemically stable and synthetically tunable covalently-bound dopants,1,2 are gaining attention for their potential to boost photoluminescence (PL) quantum yields,1,2 add new functionality,3,4 and serve as single photon emitters.5,6 These sites present a rich array of new photophysics, with dependences on specific functionalization chemistry and environmental interactions. As examples, low-T photoluminescence probes of defect-state electronic structure will be presented for sp3 defects introduced by aryl functionalization7 and compared to quantum chemical theory and results on oxygen-introduced defects.8 Exciton localization at defect sites9 and conversion to the new emitting states will be discussed in the context of the consequences localization has for relaxation dynamics and functionality. A significant increase (up to 10-fold) in exciton lifetimes results.10 Dependence of lifetimes on nanotube chirality and specific dopant suggest multiphonon relaxation mechanisms.10 Finally, defect-site localization paired with nanotube structural tunability will be shown as a route to room temperature single photon emission at telecom wavelengths.5,6 Control over chemical functionality and dielectric environment will be shown as routes for optimizing single photon emission behaviors. Results will be summarized with a brief perspective on possible future directions. References: 1. Ghosh, S. et al., Science, 330, 1656 (2010). 2. Piao, Y. et al., Nature Chem., 5, 840 (2013). 3. Kwon, H. et al., J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 3733 (2015). 4. Akizuki, N. et al., Nature Comm., 6, 8920 (2015). 5. Ma, X. et al., Nature Nanotech., 10, 671 (2015). 6. He, X. et al., Nature Photonics, 11, 577 (2017). 7. He, X. et al, ACS Nano, 11, 10785 (2017). 8. Ma, X. et al., ACS Nano, 8, 10782 (2014). 9. Hartmann, N. et al., Nanoscale, 7, 20521 (2015). 10. Hartmann, N. et al., ACS Nano, 10, 8355 (2016).

Location:  Hutchison Hall 473 (RC)

Posted by:  Evelyn Sucy-Caffery, Chemistry, 22-Dec-17 9:56am ET


February 6, 2018 ( Tuesday )

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lung Biology Seminar Series

Augusto Litonjua MD, MPH From the University of Rochester will present a seminar titled "The Role of Vitamin D in Airway Disease and Asthma Susceptibility"

Hosted by Tom Mariani, PhD

Location:  K-307

Posted by:  Elizabeth Williams-Velasquez, Medicine, 17-Aug-17 10:07am ET


February 7, 2018 ( Wednesday )

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chemistry Colloquia: Professor Christian Melander, "Antibiotic Adjuvants Based Upon Nitrogen Dense Marine Alkaloids"

Location:  Lander Auditorium 140 Hutchison Hall (RC)

Posted by:  Evelyn Sucy-Caffery, Chemistry, 2-Jan-18 9:05am ET


February 9, 2018 ( Friday )

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Second Friday Science Social

Location:  1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room

Posted by:  Amy Roman, Center for Biomedical Genetics, 7-Jun-17 2:22pm ET


February 14, 2018 ( Wednesday )

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics Seminar Series

Justin Fay, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

"Domestication and Diversification of Yeast"

Host: Dr. Mark Dumont

K307 (3-6408)

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Location:  K307 (3-6408)

Posted by:  Stephanie Scoville, Biochem & Biophys, 4-Jan-18 11:28am ET


February 15, 2018 ( Thursday )

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Meeting

Michelle Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Neuroscience; Director, Cancer Control and Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory; Chair of Translational Research, URCC NCORP Research Base Member, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Department of Surgery University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

"A Career Path of Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research: Challenges and Rewards"

Host: Dr. Catherine Ovitt

Class of 62 Aud G-9425

Location:  Class of 62 Aud (G-9425)

Posted by:  Stephanie Scoville, Biochem & Biophys, 4-Jan-18 11:25am ET


4:15pm - 6:00pm
RNA Strucure and Function Cluster Meeting

1st Presenter: Dr. Dave Mathews

2nd Presenter: Dr. Mitch O'Connell

Location:  K207 (2-6408)

Posted by:  Stephanie Scoville, Biochem & Biophys, 26-Sep-17 12:17pm ET


February 21, 2018 ( Wednesday )

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics Seminar Series

Alexei Aravin, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering,California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

"Small RNA Fighting Genome Invaders: From Bacteria to Mammals"

Host: Dr. Dmitri Ermolenko

K307 (3-6408)

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location:  K307 (3-6408)

Posted by:  Stephanie Scoville, Biochem & Biophys, 4-Jan-18 11:31am ET


February 23, 2018 ( Friday )

9:00am - 10:00am
Chemistry Organic Seminar: Professor Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen "Non-canonical Roles of Lipids in Different Cellular Processes"

Lipids are a highly regulated and chemically diverse class of biomolecules. The biosynthesis and transport of these molecules are controlled by a considerable number of proteins, which facilitate spatio-temporal regulation of lipids during different fundamental cellular processes such as cell division and death. Although lipids are traditionally recognized as molecules for energy storage and as structural components of membranes, there is a growing appreciation of their chemical diversity. Lipids are being increasingly recognized for their signaling roles, capable of transmitting information within and between cells. I will discuss recent discoveries from our laboratory and others on the involvement of polyunsaturated triacylglycerols, very long chain fatty acids and ceramides in different cellular fates. I will also highlight recent work on the development of innovative methods that have enabled the recognition of previously unknown roles for lipids in different biological processes. Gaining a better fundamental understanding of the physiological roles of lipids will ultimately enable new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for different diseases.

Location:  Hutchison Hall 473 (RC)

Posted by:  Evelyn Sucy-Caffery, Chemistry, 28-Dec-17 10:57am ET